Oil tankers in Jammu and Kashmir call off strike

July 5th, 2012 - 5:43 am ICT by IANS  

Akshay Kumar Jammu, July 4 (IANS) The Oil Tankers Association Wednesday called off the indefinite strike across Jammu and Kashmir after the administration approved compensation to the family of a tanker driver killed in suspicious circumstances in Kashmir valley.

The family has been given cash compensation of Rs.100,000.

“We have requested the Chief Minister to give an additional amount of Rs.400,000 along with a police job, to the widow of killed driver Akshay Kumar,” said Jammu Divisional Commissioner Pradeep Gupta.

Akshay Kumar of Sunderbani in Rajouri district had driven a diesel tanker to Srinagar June 21. According to Anand Sharma, the tankers association president, Kumar’s body was was found with his throat slit on June 30.

“The tanker was found in Pulwama, about 35 km from Srinagar, but Akshay was missing,” Sharma told IANS.

The owner of the tanker Surinder Singh from Jammu went thereafter to lodge a police report.

Sharma said the driver’s body was later found buried in Qazigund area, about 90 km south of Srinagar.

Oil tankers had declared indefinite strike across the state from Tuesday “till the culprits are not found and strict action taken against them”.

They were also demanding compensation to the family of the victim and safety for tanker drivers going to Kashmir Valley.

There are 1,760 oil tankers in Jammu and Kashmir. Of these, about 1,000 ply daily, ferrying petrol, diesel and kerosene to different parts of the state.

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